Showing posts with label french food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label french food. Show all posts

Friday, 24 August 2012

Review: Paris House, Woburn

Woburn Park
Paris House, Woburn

Visiting Michelin-starred restaurants set in acres of picturesque parkland is most certainly not a regular pastime of mine. Yet last Saturday I was fortunate enough to join my best girl friends for a very special lunch at Paris House in Woburn, Bedfordshire. The only Michelin-starred establishment in the county, the restaurant is delightfully hidden away in the huge deer park next to Woburn Safari Park; accessed via an ancient stone archway and long winding driveway through lush green countryside dotted with grazing deer, giving an air of exclusivity even before one's first glimpse of the stunning black and white Tudor-style house. At the front of the restaurant a simple paved terrace with wrought iron tables and chairs offers spectacular views across the park. Inside, the contemporary styled dining room seats ten or so parties comfortably at tables covered by spotless white tablecloths and modern, angular wine glasses. Venture upstairs to the sumptuous washrooms - with lovely touches such as a string of pearls hung on the door to the ladies' room and a single, silk tie denoting the men's - and you can gaze out of the huge leaded windows at the well-tended kitchen garden, from which fresh produce is picked for the day's menu.

Monday, 19 March 2012

A week of Flicks, Festivals and Food!

I'm so excited about what I've got lined up to finish off the month of March! This week I'm finally seeing the highly praised feel-good film about OAPs and India, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, at my favourite cinema with two of my favourite people! There's also a fantastic festival launch night happening at The Junction (another favourite venue of mine), offering an entertaining sneak preview of some amazing up-and-coming talent. To feed my obsession with France (and food!), I'm rounding off a busy week with an Alsace themed feast courtesy of Le Gros Franck on Hills Road. Ooh la la! 

I love going to see films at the Picturehouse. The cinema is cosy, welcoming and serves nice wine, which is always a bonus... I'm really looking forward to having a girly evening and seeing The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Set in India and featuring Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy, the film charts the journey of a group of over 60s from boring Britain and monotonous retirement to incredible India and the true meaning of their Golden Years. 

On Wednesday 21st March, The Junction is hosting their first JAM night of 2012 - an experimental scratch night where artists test ideas on audiences in order to help them shape the direction of an upcoming piece of work. I love being invited to nights like this and being able to take a sneaky peek at new artists and breakthrough performance methods and styles. This month's JAM features a whole host of entertaining, hilarious, and slightly wacky acts. You can view the event details here. As an extra treat, The Junction team also launch the second Sampled: Festival of Performance which is scheduled to take place at the beginning of May.   

Le Gros Franck, Cambridge
If, like The Boy and I, you've been watching Raymond Blanc's culinary journey through France's best foodie regions, you need to book your place at chef Franck Parnin's table this Thursday. Le Gros Franck on Hills Road is a fantastic authentically French bistro. Taking pride in being the only French restaurant in Cambridge, Le Gros Franck serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as some delightful special nights for dedicated foodie Francophiles. I'm super excited about sampling regional delights from Alsace, from the special five-course set menu. Tempted? Find out more here

Enjoy! :-)